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#SurvaillenceCapitalism is a disease and #Privacy measures and #FreeSoftware are the #Vaccination.

If most people used free software and cared for their privacy we'd have #HerdImmunity and nobody could collect #BigData about society.

But if you use any #GAFAM ( #Google #Amazon #Facebook #Apple #Microsoft ) anti-services you are exposing everybody in your contacts list. You're basically an #AntiVaxer.

So if you have #WhatsApp #GMail or anything like that please remove me from your contacts.

That's a nice analogy and I agree in principle. But the anti-services of Google, Amazon and Facebook mostly use Free Software for their surveillance. So maybe not only Free Software is the cure, it's our free will not to participate in surveillance. Free Software is a crucial tool for that, but it can be used for good or bad, vaccination and anti-vaxxing. ?

Do you have any evidence to support that claim? I can't find any license information or source code for e.g. Google analytics or any relevant FB or Amazon software.

It doesn't have to be FOSS. Google could do surveillance with closed software, too. But they're using FOSS on their servers, to keep their services running and they spend money to FOSS projects. Maybe it's like a weapon: A weapon isn't good or bad because the blueprints are Open Source or closed. But the people who use the weapon are doing good or bad things. Don't know, maybe that's a stupid example. Can something good happen with weapons??

https://opensource.google.com/

Maybe this could be my thesis: You can do digital surveillance with FOSS or with closed source software, anyway what fits best. But to fight digital surveillance, you necessarily need FOSS for transparence and to trust your weapons. Does that makes sense? ?

Yes that makes sense. Oh and actually I found out Google analytics, or at least parts of it is released under an Apache license.